Tag:Toronto Raptors
Posted on: September 25, 2009 5:29 pm

Bosh begins camp a bit banged up?

In Doug Smith's Toronto Raptors blog on thestar.com, he says everyone is still awaiting official confirmation but the chatter is that Chris Bosh may be nursing a tweaked hamstring and could sit out the start of Raptors training camp next week.

The word out at the foundation event this morning is that it’s a setback, not huge, but still not a great way to get the season underway.

It’s unclear exactly how Bosh, who he's told spent a lot of time this summer working on his body and his game, got himself a little banged up. But he is and now they have to deal with it. Smith reports that he’s been in town a few days going through workouts and scrimmages with the other Raptors. 



Posted on: March 31, 2009 11:32 am

Bulls would pursue deal for Chris Bosh

The Arlington Heights Daily Herald reports that the Chicago Bulls will definitely be interested in dealing for Chris Bosh , if the Raptors All-Star hits the market.

The story notes that the Bulls would be more interested in Bosh than Amare Stoudemire , if the Suns keep him available. The belief is that Bosh would fit in better with the Bulls and the team is more convinced that Bosh would make a good teammate, and are not as sold on Stoudemire in that regard.

The Bulls would have their work cut out for them if they pursued Bosh. There are numerous teams that would be in the running for Bosh if he were available, including New York, Golden State, Miami and Utah. The story also speculates that the Raptors could reach out to the Lakers and try to get Pau Gasol in exchange for Bosh.

Posted on: March 24, 2009 10:50 am

Ford not about to make waves over demotion

The Indianapolis Star reports that while Pacers coach Jim O'Brien replaced T.J. Ford with Jarrett Jack at point guard, Ford has learned from past transgressions and is not going to complain about it.

While with the Raptors, Ford learned the hard way that making a fuss over a demotion isn't wise, nor productive. That lesson has stayed with him as a Pacer.

"I know how to handle this situation better than I did in the past," Ford said. "It's not a big issue to me. Just do what you're supposed to do, whether they put you in the game or not. It's your job to be ready and be prepared for whatever happens."

"I'm not a person that asks questions or reasons why certain things happen. He's the coach and he has the right to make whatever adjustments he wants."



Posted on: February 10, 2009 12:11 pm
Edited on: February 10, 2009 12:11 pm

Report: Warriors can't make a deal happen

The San Fransisco Chronicle reports that the Warriors have inquired with Toronto about a possible trade for Chris Bosh , and also with Phoenix about the possibility of landing Amar'e Stoudemire . However, it looks as though the Warriors struck out on both proposals.

The story quoted a source as saying there were no serious trade talks going on between the Warriors and the Suns or Raptors, despite confirmation that the Warriors had reached out to both teams. The source further added that it looks unlikely that the Warriors will complete a trade by Feb. 19.

Other reports had stated that the Warriors offered Anthony Randolph and Andris Biedrins to Toronto for Bosh, and that the Raptors were not interested.

Posted on: January 21, 2009 9:17 pm

Report: Heat weighing options for Marion trade

A recent report from the Miami Herald indicates that while the Heat continue pondering a trade that would send Shawn Marion to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for C Jermaine O'Neal , they are also considering other players they might get for Marion, including Mavericks small forward Josh Howard .

The story noted it is unlikely that Marion would re-sign with Miami, and that several teams besides Dallas have shown interest in acquiring him. However, it's still not a sure thing that he'll be dealt. While the Heat believe the Raptors' O'Neal to be the best center currently available -- and also consider center to be their biggest area of need -- they are still concerned about the status of his troublesome knee as well as his $23 million price tag for 2009-10.

The Raptors have apparently offered the Heat O'Neal in exchange for both Marion and Marcus Banks , and a source told the Herald it's "50-50" that the Heat would accept the deal.

Posted on: December 31, 2008 3:27 pm
Edited on: December 31, 2008 3:38 pm

Nash eyeing New York?

According to the Arizona Republic, Suns G Steve Nash is keeping his options open once his contract expires after the 2009-10 season.

"There's a few situations out there that would be attractive, so I feel fortunate that there could be some possibilities for me," Nash said. "One would be for me to stay here in Phoenix. I've had a great 4 1/2 years here. New York, obviously, is our off-season home, so we love the city. It's a basketball mecca." Nash, who also resided in Canada, also mentions Toronto as a possible option.

Nash said that he did not intend to make it sound as if he was narrowing his options but was mentioning teams who will have salary-cap space.  "Who knows who's going to be interested in two years."

Posted on: December 9, 2008 3:59 pm

Roster moves on tap for Raptors?

The Toronto Globe and Mail reports that talk in the city has Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo actively looking to make roster changes. The paper cited an anonymous source as saying Colangelo is hoping that interim head coach Jay Triano can get the team playing better, more traditional defense in the meantime.

"Jay's system is pretty much what I was used to doing in Indiana," Jermaine O'Neal said. "Boxing out. Pushing the ball baseline to sideline ... it makes it easier for me to block shots and take charge or vice versa for Chris Bosh. For me, it's easy, but for the other guys on the team, it's hard because they've been playing a different way for the last two years."

The Toronto Sun added that Colangelo is looking to bolster the Raptors roster in an effort to convince Bosh that the club is committed to winning an NBA title.
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